​September 2, 1998: Jean-Paul Akayesu Is Found Guilty Of Genocide

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The UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of 9 counts of genocide.

Jean-Paul Akayesu is a former teacher, school inspector, and Democratic Republican Movement(MDR) politician from Rwanda. He served as mayor of Taba commune from April 1993 until June 1994.

During the Rwandan Genocide of mid-1994, many Tutsis were killed in Akayesu’s commune, and many others were subject to violence and other forms of hatred. Akayesu not only refrained from stopping the killings, but personally supervised the murder of various Tutsis.

He also gave a death list to other Hutus, and ordered house-to-house searches to locate Tutsis.

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